USA extends Cheyenne Bottoms Ramsar site

USA extends Cheyenne Bottoms Ramsar site

22 April 2002
United States of America

China

The United States has added a further 2,942 hectares to the "Cheyenne Bottoms State Game Area" Ramsar site (now renamed the "Cheyenne Bottoms"), in the midwestern state of Kansas (38°31'N 098°43'W), first designated in October 1988 and now with a new surface area of 10,978 hectares. The Nature Conservancy manages about 7,000 of a potential 12,000 acres of prairie wetland habitat that lies to the north and west of the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, including a number of "remnant depressional wetlands with diverse hydrological regimes characteristic of wetlands classed as ephemeral, temporary, seasonal and semipermanent". Additional areas continue to be added to the site and the management plan is being revised to include these new areas. The original designation of the site indicated that "approximately 45% of all migratory shorebirds nesting in North America stage at Cheyenne Bottoms". [10/04/02]